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‘Frozen’ Hit Wins Oscar for Best Original Song

"Let It Go" triumphs over U2, Karen O, and Pharrell

picture-18547-1390524318Kyle McGovern // March 3, 2014

And the Oscar goes to Frozen’s “Let It Go.” The Disney-minted chart-topper was given the trophy for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who just EGOT-ed) accepted the statuette at the annual ceremony, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and once again held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

The kid-friendly tune put some stiff competition on ice (sorry). Among the losers: U2’s “Ordinary Love,” the Nelson Mandela tribute that won a Golden Globe after appearing in the Idris Elba-starring biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” his Despicable Me 2 contribution that’s also set to appear on his second solo album, the upcoming G I R L; and Karen O’s “The Moon Song,” a tender lullaby written for Spike Jonze’s Her. The little-heard theme from little-seen film Alone Yet Not Alone didn’t stand a chance, seeing that it, you know, had its nomination revoked.

The final four nominees were all performed during the live telecast/webcast, and Frozen star Idina Menzel took the stage to sing “Let It Go.” Watch that performance and more right here at SPIN.